Earlier this week I sat down with UNLV target Jamaal Evans from Las Vegas Centennial High School. The 6’3, 210 pound Bulldog Quarterback talked about being recruited by the Rebels and this upcoming season. Evans recently picked up 2 stars according to Scout.com.
Joe Arrigo: Jamaal, you received your first offer from Idaho and UNLV offered you a few days later, how exciting of a time is this for you and your family?
Jamaal Evans: It’s very exciting for me. It’s also new to me, and especially exciting for my family. I am anxious to see how the process plays out in the future. But it is very humbling to see the hard work I’ve put in with the coaching staff here at Centennial starting to pay off.
JA: Now that you are going through the recruiting process, what are you looking for in a school?
JE: I'm looking for family environment and family relationship with the coaching staff and team. I would like to feel at home since my dad (Leon Evans) has been my head coach throughout my high school career, so it is going to be kind of different to go away from that (family feel). So having a great bond with the head coach is important and well as develop that brotherhood with my teammates.
JA: What are you planning on majoring in once you get to college?
JE: I want to try something new, like photography or video production, just to try something out different.
JA: You took your unofficial to UNLV a couple weeks ago during Spring practice. How was that for you, what did you think of the practice and what type of experience was that for you?
JE: I liked it. I like UNLV’s new era. I think Coach Sanchez can change UNLV’s perception and be really successful. He has a great mindset and plan. He has everyone on board and he’s doing a good thing for the city. I love the new uniforms, the new facilities, just new everything. I think the program will be turned around soon, sooner then what people think. The way he ran the practice was really impressive and fun. I loved the environment he has established.
JA: Do you plan on taking any other unofficial visits to school in the near future?
JE: I am actually. I’ll be going to UCLA over Spring Break and maybe go over to San Diego St. as well when I am in California. I will also be taking an unofficial to Nevada in early April as well.
JA: You’re the Quarterback for a loaded offensive team at Centennial this season. What are your expectations for the upcoming season?
JE: I feel this year, and I told my guys this, we need to play like Baylor. We need to put a lot of points on the board and keep going, going, going. I have to get the ball to my playmakers and let them make plays in space. But like my coaches preach to us, we have to take it one day at a time and right now we’re just trying to get better in the offseason.